Comparison between:
- Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) XT1527
- Motorola Moto E
- Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE

Brand and model

Information about the brand, model and model alias (if any) of a specific device.

Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) XT1527Motorola Moto EMotorola Photon Q 4G LTE
Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) XT1527
Prices
Motorola Moto E
Prices
Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE
Model aliasXT1526
XT1527
XT1529
XT1021
XT1022
Photon Q
XT897

Design

Information about the dimensions and weight of the device, shown in different measurement units. Body materials, available colors, certifications.

Width66.8 mm
6.68 cm
0.22 ft
2.63 in
64.8 mm
6.48 cm
0.21 ft
2.55 in
66 mm
6.6 cm
0.22 ft
2.6 in
Height129.9 mm
12.99 cm
0.43 ft
5.11 in
124.8 mm
12.48 cm
0.41 ft
4.91 in
126.5 mm
12.65 cm
0.42 ft
4.98 in
Thickness12.3 mm
1.23 cm
0.04 ft
0.48 in
12.3 mm
1.23 cm
0.04 ft
0.48 in
13.7 mm
1.37 cm
0.04 ft
0.54 in
Weight145 g
0.32 lbs
5.11 oz
142 g
0.31 lbs
5.01 oz
170 g
0.38 lbs
6 oz
Volume106.73 cm³
6.48 in³
99.47 cm³
6.04 in³
114.38 cm³
6.95 in³
ColorsBlack
White
Black
White
Black
Body materialsPlastic--

SIM card

The Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) is used in mobile devices for storing data authenticating the subscribers of mobile services.

SIM card typeMicro-SIMMicro-SIM-
Number of SIM cards111
Features-Dual SIM optional (A variant of the model with two SIM card slots is available)Non-removable (The SIM card cannot be removed from the device)
-XT1021 - Single SIM; XT1022 - Dual SIM-

Networks

A mobile (cellular) network is a radio system, which allows a large number of mobile devices to communicate with each other.

GSMGSM 850 MHz
GSM 900 MHz
GSM 1800 MHz
GSM 1900 MHz
GSM 850 MHz
GSM 900 MHz
GSM 1800 MHz
GSM 1900 MHz
GSM 850 MHz
GSM 900 MHz
GSM 1800 MHz
GSM 1900 MHz
CDMA--CDMA 800 MHz
CDMA 1900 MHz
CDMA2000--1xEV-DO Rev. A
UMTSUMTS 850 MHz
UMTS 1700/2100 MHz
UMTS 1900 MHz
UMTS 850 MHz
UMTS 900 MHz
UMTS 1900 MHz
UMTS 2100 MHz
UMTS 850 MHz
UMTS 1900 MHz
UMTS 2100 MHz
LTELTE 700 MHz Class 17
LTE 850 MHz
LTE 1700/2100 MHz
LTE 1900 MHz
LTE 2600 MHz
LTE 700 MHz
-LTE 1900 MHz

Mobile network technologies and bandwidth

Communication between devices within mobile networks is realized via various generations of network technologies, which provide different bandwidth.

Mobile network technologiesUMTS
EDGE
GPRS
HSPA+
LTE Cat 4
UMTS
EDGE
GPRS
HSPA+
UMTS
GPRS Class 12
HSPA+
LTE
EV-DO Rev. A

Operating system

Operating system is the system software, which manages and controls the functioning of the hardware components of the device.

Operating system (OS)Android 5.0 Lollipop
Android 5.1 Lollipop
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Android 5.0 Lollipop
Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

System on Chip (SoC)

A system on a chip (SoC) includes into a single chip some of the main hardware components of the mobile device.

SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8210/MSM8610Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
Process technology28 nm28 nm28 nm
CPUARM Cortex-A53ARM Cortex-A7Krait
CPU bits64 bit32 bit32 bit
Instruction setARMv8ARMv7ARMv7
Level 0 cache memory (L0)4 KB + 4 KB-4 KB + 4 KB
Level 1 cache memory (L1)16 KB + 16 KB-16 KB + 16 KB
Level 2 cache memory (L2)2048 KB
2 MB
1024 KB
1 MB
1024 KB
1 MB
CPU cores422
CPU frequency1200 MHz1200 MHz1500 MHz
GPUQualcomm Adreno 306Qualcomm Adreno 302Qualcomm Adreno 225
GPU frequency400 MHz--
RAM capacity1 GB1 GB1 GB
RAM typeLPDDR3-LPDDR2
RAM channelsSingle channel-Double channel
RAM frequency533 MHz-500 MHz

Storage

Every mobile device has a built-in storage (internal memory) with a fixed capacity.

Storage8 GB4 GB8 GB

Memory cards

Memory cards are used in mobile devices for expanding their external storage capacity.

TypesmicroSD
microSDHC
microSD
microSDHC
microSDXC
microSD
microSDHC

Display

The display of a mobile device is characterized by its technology, resolution, pixel density, diagonal length, color depth, etc.

Type/technologyIPSTFTTFT
Diagonal size4.5 in
114.3 mm
11.43 cm
4.3 in
109.22 mm
10.92 cm
4.3 in
109.22 mm
10.92 cm
Width2.21 in
56.04 mm
5.6 cm
2.11 in
53.55 mm
5.35 cm
2.11 in
53.55 mm
5.35 cm
Height3.92 in
99.62 mm
9.96 cm
3.75 in
95.19 mm
9.52 cm
3.75 in
95.19 mm
9.52 cm
Aspect ratio1.778:1
16:9
1.778:1
16:9
1.778:1
16:9
Resolution540 x 960 pixels540 x 960 pixels540 x 960 pixels
Pixel density245 ppi
96 ppcm
256 ppi
100 ppcm
256 ppi
100 ppcm
Color depth24 bit
16777216 colors
24 bit
16777216 colors
24 bit
16777216 colors
Display area64.54 %63.23 %61.25 %
Other featuresCapacitive
Multi-touch
Scratch resistant
Capacitive
Multi-touch
Scratch resistant
Capacitive
Multi-touch
Scratch resistant
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Anti-smudge coating
Corning Gorilla Glass 3Corning Gorilla Glass

Sensors

Different sensors measure different physical quantities and convert them into signals recognizable by the mobile device.

SensorsProximity
Light
Accelerometer
Proximity
Light
Accelerometer
Compass
Proximity
Light
Accelerometer
Compass

Rear camera

The primary camera of the mobile device is usually placed on its back and can be combined with one or more additional cameras.

Sensor typeCMOS--
Aperturef/2.2--
Flash type--LED
Image resolution2560 x 1920 pixels
4.92 MP
2592 x 1944 pixels
5.04 MP
3264 x 2448 pixels
7.99 MP
Video resolution1280 x 720 pixels
0.92 MP
854 x 480 pixels
0.41 MP
1920 x 1080 pixels
2.07 MP
Video FPS30 fps30 fps30 fps
FeaturesAutofocus
Continuous shooting
Digital zoom
Geotagging
Panorama
HDR
Touch focus
Digital zoom
Geotagging
Panorama
HDR
Autofocus
Geotagging
Face detection

Front camera

Modern smartphones have one or more front cameras and their positioning has led to various design concepts – pop-up camera, rotating camera, notch, punch hole, under-display camera, etc.

Image resolution640 x 480 pixels
0.31 MP
--
Video resolution640 x 480 pixels
0.31 MP
-1280 x 720 pixels
0.92 MP
--1.3 MP

Audio

Information about the type of speakers and the audio technologies supported by the device.

SpeakerLoudspeaker
Earpiece
Loudspeaker
Earpiece
Loudspeaker
Earpiece

Radio

The radio in a mobile device is a built-in FM radio receiver.

RadioYesYesNo
RDS--

Tracking/Positioning

Information about the positioning and navigation technologies supported by the device.

Tracking/PositioningGPS
A-GPS
GLONASS
GPS
A-GPS
GLONASS
GPS
A-GPS
S-GPS

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is a technology that provides wireless data connections between various devices within a short range.

Wi-Fi802.11b
802.11g
802.11n
Wi-Fi Hotspot
802.11b
802.11g
802.11n
Wi-Fi Hotspot
802.11b
802.11g
802.11n
Wi-Fi Hotspot

Bluetooth

Bluetooth is a standard for secure wireless data transfer between different types of devices over short distances.

Version4.04.04.0
FeaturesA2DP
LE
A2DP
LE
A2DP
EDR
LE

USB

The Universal Serial Bus (USB) is an industry standard that allows different electronic devices to exchange data.

Connector typeMicro USBMicro USBMicro USB
Version2.02.02.0
FeaturesCharging
Mass storage
On-The-Go
Charging
Mass storage
Charging
Mass storage

HDMI

The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is considered to be the digital alternative of the analog audio/video interface standards.

HDMI--Micro HDMI (Type D)

Headphone jack

The headphone jack is an audio phone connector, a.k.a. an audio jack. The most widely used one in mobile devices is the 3.5 mm headphone jack.

Headphone jackYesYesYes

Connectivity

Information about other important connectivity technologies supported by the devices.

ConnectivityComputer sync
OTA sync
Tethering
Computer sync
OTA sync
Tethering
Computer sync
OTA sync
Tethering
DLNA
NFC

Browser

A web browser is a software application for accessing, fetching, displaying and navigating through information on the World Wide Web.

BrowserHTML
HTML5
CSS 3
HTML
HTML5
CSS 3
HTML
HTML5
Flash

Audio file formats/codecs

Mobile devices support various audio file formats and codecs, which respectively store and code/decode digital audio data.

Audio file formats/codecsAAC
eAAC+
MIDI
MP3
WMA
WAV
AAC+
FLAC
MP3
WAV
AAC
AAC+
AMR
eAAC+
MIDI
MP3
WMA
WAV

Video file formats/codecs

Mobile devices support various video file formats and codecs, which respectively store and code/decode digital video data.

Video file formats/codecs3GPP
AVI
H.263
H.264
MPEG-4
H.263
H.264
MP4
3GPP
3GPP2
H.263
H.264
MPEG-4
WMV

Battery

The batteries of mobile devices differ in capacity and technology. They provide the electrical charge needed for the functioning of the devices.

Capacity2390 mAh1980 mAh1785 mAh
TypeLi-IonLi-IonLi-Ion
2G talk time20 h
1200 min
0.8 days
-7 h 30 min
7.5 h
450 min
0.3 days
2G stand-by time200 h
12000 min
8.3 days
-220 h
13200 min
9.2 days
3G talk time15 h
900 min
0.6 days
-7 h 30 min
7.5 h
450 min
0.3 days
3G stand-by time200 h
12000 min
8.3 days
-220 h
13200 min
9.2 days
FeaturesNon-removableNon-removableNon-removable

Specific Absorption Rate (SAR)

The SAR rating shows the amount of electromagnetic radiation absorbed by the human body when using a mobile device, expressed in W/kg.

Head SAR (EU)-0.76 W/kg-
Head SAR (USA)0.89 W/kg1.5 W/kg0.89 W/kg
Body SAR (USA)1.4 W/kg1.36 W/kg0.77 W/kg

Additional features

Some devices have additional features, different from the standard ones above, but equally important and worth mentioning.

Additional featuresWater resistant coating
XT1526 - SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) US: head - 0.890 W/kg; body - 1.400 W/kg
XT1529 - SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) US: head - 1.080 W/kg; body - 0.820 W/kg
-QWERTY slide-out keyboard
Splash resistant
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